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The Chinese capital has a history that stretches back over 3 millenia, but this former center of multiple kingdoms is as renowned for its modern skyline as its ancient monuments. Here are some of the attractions Beijing is best known for. Don't miss them!

Ming Dynasty Tombs

Also known as the "13 Tombs," most of the Ming emperors were interred within these striking mausoleums. The Ming-Gräber are on the way to the Great Wall, so factor them into your day trip!

Tiananmen Square

The site of several major protests and displays of military might, Tiananmen Square is made one of Beijing's most famous as much by the iconic monuments that surround it.

Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square takes its name from the "Gate of Heavenly Peace" that seperates it from this ancient royal city. There's a lot to see in the Forbidden City, so book a guided tour and wear comfy shoes!

Summer Palace

The most impressive of the surviving Chinese imperial gardens is a recreational complex of lakes, greenery, and palaces providing one of Beijing's most tranquil attractions.

Temple of Heaven

Combining the architectural qualities of both Ming and Qing dynasties, the Temple of Heaven was finished in 1420 and has been one of China's holiest sites ever since!

Beihai Park

This former imperial garden-turned-public Beihai Park is not just a site of outstanding beauty, but home to many sightseeing favorites, like the White Pagoda and the Nine-Dragon Wall!

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Beijing National Stadium

Built for the 2008 Olympics, the 91,000-seat "Bird's Nest" has emerged as an icon of modern China. You can take a tour or even grab Beijing National Stadium tickets to a soccer game! Why not do both?

Planning Your Beijing Visit

How many days?

Five days to a week should be enough to see the sights of Beijing, get a feel for the city's culture, and even take a day trip out to the Great Wall of China!

When to visit?

Beijing's weather is most pleasant in early autumn (September/October), although the snowy winters do bring a charm of their own. Unless you want to see the Chinese New Year parade, avoid going during the nation's public holidays, when vast swarms of domestic tourists overwhelm even the quietest attractions!

Where to stay?

Beijing's sights are spread all over the city, so if you plan to cover the lot then you should consider staying in the city center. The districts of Beijing all have their own character, but one of the best areas for a first-time visitor is Wangfujing. Its central location boasts plenty of places to shop and eat, including the famous Wangfujing Snack Street, where vendors flog a bizarre collection of snacks far from the usual Chinese staples!

Good to Know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Renminbi (¥)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    Early autumn is best to beat the crowds and avoid the summer heat.

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What People Are Saying about Beijing

Excellent tour guide Yuan (Nikki), knowledgeable and very good tour.

picked up on time, tour guide stayed with group all the time making sure we knew the times and schedule, amazing your, breathtaking views, good van with good driver, friendly bunch of people new friends enjoying time together, nice adventure with good lunch, many toilet stops, good pace covered a lot in a day. Leave it to the experts you'll have an amazing time.

Highlights of Beijing Bus Tour: Mutianyu and Ming Tomb Reviewed by Jasvinder, 01/28/2018

Fantastic tour guide Paul kept us on schedule, no laziness allowed

Tour guide picked me up from hotel, on time, Paul was friendly and knowledgeable about your places, helped purchasing entrance tickrts, clear on instructions & did a great job, many thanks to you & your driver Paul, you made my dream of visiting Beijing a happy and enjoyable experience.

Well organized, plenty of time on the Wall and a great lunch!

From start to finish I was pleased with this Great Wall tour. I was told I'd be called regarding a pickup time when I booked it, however I explained that I wouldn't have phone service in China, so I requested the pickup details be sent via email. No problem they said! And not only did they email me the details, they even left the pickup arrangements with the concierge of our hotel! Now to the tour: comfortable bus, very nice guide who gives you a summary of the Wall during the bus ride out there, this tour allows PLENTY OF TIME on the wall. Just about 3 hrs. Following the 3 hrs walking the wall is a delicious Chinese lunch which was included. Overall I highly recommend this tour!

Low-cost, no-hassle trip to the Great Wall

Pros: - Mutianyu is beautiful. Enough said. - Good organization: tour company picked me up right near my hostel and dropped me back off there at the end of the day. You may be in the van with people from other tours but they will put you on the right bus. - All the staff on the Mutianyu site have a basic command of English. - As advertised, there are no unwanted shopping stops on the tour. Cons: - None. Note: - The bus ride is about 90 minutes each way (longer in the afternoon during rush hour). - This is not a guided tour. You will be left to explore the wall on your own. - Many portions of the wall are steep.

From Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall of China Full-Day Bus Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/29/2017

It was amazing! Exactly what I wanted to experience at the Great Wall

It was really affordable and gave us lots of time at the Great Wall. Our tour guide Chan was hilarious and very helpful! We loved every second we spent there!